Experiencing Ritual: A New Interpretation of African Healing

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Social Science - 256 pages
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Experiencing Ritual is Edith Turner's account of how she sighted a spirit form while participating in the Ihamba ritual of the Ndembu. Through her analysis, she presents a view not common in anthropological writings—the view of millions of Africans—that ritual is the harnessing of spiritual power.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Effect of Victor Turners Study
5
Theorists of Ritual
10
The Groundings of the Present Ethnographic Method
15
Chapter I The Field Context of the lharnba Rituals in 1985
18
Chapter 2 The Medicine Quest for the First Ihamba
31
The Performance for Nyakanjata
54
Chapter 4 Discussion of the First Ihamba
83
The Performance for Meru
128
Chapter 7 Ritual and the Anthropology of Experience
159
Chapter 8 Seeing Spirits
170
Coda
178
Appendixes
181
Notes
215
References
221
Index
229

Chapter 5 Background to the Second Iharnba
103

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